Loraine Estelle (Meierdierks) Cordes
Loraine Estelle (Meierdierks) Cordes departed this life Friday afternoon, January 18, 2013, at the Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt, Kansas, at the age of 86 years and 7 months.   Loraine was born June 18, 1926, in Meade, Kansas, to Henry Gerd and Christina Katherine (Brinckman) Meierdierks.  She was baptized September 12, 1926 in St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, Kansas, by the Rev. George V. Weber.  Her sponsors were Paulus Brinckman and Dora Bohling.  She was confirmed and received into communicant membership with St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, Kansas, on June 30, 1940, by the Rev. Arlin Bruns, and remained a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church until her death.
As a young girl she attended the Meade school system, graduating from Meade High School in 1944.  After her graduation, she began working for Marrs and Twist as a bookkeeper.  She had also worked for Cobb Accounting and Wolfe Motor.
Loraine was joined in marriage to John Cordes of September 6, 1953, at St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, Kansas, by the Rev. Adelbert Stoehr. After their marriage, the couple made their home in Meade.  Loraine was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and Thrivent.  Loraine had been a member of the Walther League, had been a Sunday School teacher at the church, and served as secretary/treasurer of the St. John Lutheran A.A.L. Branch for fourteen years.  She also was a member of the Meade County Genealogical Society, a member of EHU, had been a Cub Scout Leader, a 4-H leader, and served on the Lutheran Hospital Board.  Loraine enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking, canning, crafts, playing cards, dominos, watching the sports activities of her children and grandchildren, and spending time with her family and friends.
Loraine was preceded in death by her husband John on December 26, 2009; her parents; and a brother Leonard Meierdierks on April 5, 2008.  She is survived by her sons, Terry Cordes and wife Cheree of Meade, Kansas, Morris Cordes and wife Sharon of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Joyce Schultz and husband Ted of Hutchinson, Kansas; and seven grandchildren, Jayde, Whitney and Gunner Cordes, Ryan Cordes and Danielle Herndon and husband Price, and Tyler and Todd Schultz.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Meade with the Reverend Lynn E. Spencer presiding.  Interment followed in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to St. John Lutheran Church or the Lone Tree Retirement Center, in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com